Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Welcome to Mill River Park & Greenway - Sept 22

Welcome to Mill River Park & Greenway

Come to Mill River Park this Saturday and check it out as construction nears completion. There will be fun for the whole family:

11:00 am to 1:00 pm visit the Family Fun Zone with pony rides, face painting and theatrical story telling! 

1:00 pm to 3:30 pm make animal crafts with The Best Time Ever and get a temporary tattoo! 

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm listen to the sounds of Fake ID Band recently voted Fairfield County's best cover band by Moffly Media

Meet the Architects 
Talk to the architects for the park, the carousel pavilion and the fountain and skating rink. Representatives from the Olin Studio will be on hand to discuss their landscape design. Gray Organschi Architects will bring images of the Carousel & Event Pavilion and the sculptural canopy. These structures will go into construction in 2013. River Architects is the provisional finalist of the fountain/ice rink designer selection process. They will bring images and coloring post cards for the children. 

Hear the Big News 
A multi-million dollar gift for the construction of the ice skating rink and fountain will be announced at 1:00. 

Help Choose the Carousel Animals 
Representatives of Carousel Works, the builder of the carousel will be on hand. The David & Marian Nissen Carousel will be hand carved and a Carousel Works carver will be here to demonstrate his craft. Bring the kids to help choose the 30 horses and animals that will be carved for Mill River Park's carousel. 

Hot Air Balloon Ride 
Rise ten stories over the park and view the entire landscape and how it fits in the heart of Stamford. Balloon rides are $10 per person. 

Join the Campaign 
As you probably know, Mill River Park is being developed by a public/private partnership, because the City could not afford to build it on its own. Mill River Collaborative is committed to raising $20 million of the estimated $60 million cost of building the entire park. So far we have raised $13 million including funding for the carousel, the carousel & event pavilion, the skating rink and fountain. The campaign is now open to the public for contributions of any amount. Contributions over $300 will be acknowledged with the donors' names permanently engraved in granite in the park. Contributions can be made for trees, benches, water fountains and other park features. 

If you have any questions please email Nia Rhodes Jackson, Director of Programs at

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